Public Safety

Three weeks later, University of Iowa student still missing

David Le believed to be in Iowa River

Members of the Johnson County Sheriff's Office search the Iowa River on Nov. 14 after reports of a person jumping off a
Members of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office search the Iowa River on Nov. 14 after reports of a person jumping off a bridge. (Lee Hermiston/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — A University of Iowa student is still missing more than three weeks after authorities believe he jumped into the Iowa River.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office said David Le, 19, of Sioux City, was last seen around 10:45 p.m. Nov. 13 at Macbride Hall on the UI campus.

The next day, a student found Le’s backpack on the Iowa Avenue Bridge and turned it over to a UI employee, who contacted police.

Search efforts focused on the Iowa River immediately north and south of the bridge and included dragging the river and deploying divers and cadaver dogs.

Johnson County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Brad Kunkel said the search has been suspended since the week of Nov. 18.

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